1. Nasa’s Boeing OFT-2 mission with Starliner, Atlas V rocket set for launch
- The spacecraft will carry more than 400 pounds of NASA cargo and crew supplies to the space station. It will return to earth with more than 550 pounds of cargo, including the reusable Nitrogen Oxygen Recharge System tanks that provide breathable air to station crew members.
- Headquarters: Washington, D.C., United States
- Founder: Dwight D. Eisenhower
- Founded: 29 July 1958, United States
2. Defence secretary launches website on 75th Independence Day celebrations
- For the first time ever, the platform will live stream the Independence Day Celebrations from the majestic Red Fort on 15th of this month in Virtual Reality 360 degree format. People can use this feature with or without VR Gadget.
- The platform also provides features like a special IDC Radio, Gallery, Interactive filters, E-books on deeds of Gallantry, 50 years of 1971 victory and Blogs on the Freedom Movement, Wars and War Memorials. Netizens can also logon to know the information related to the Independence Day event including minute-to-minute programme, route map, parking details, RSVP and details of other activities. The programme calendar for all initiatives taken by various ministries to mark the occasion is also available on the platform.
3. SBI launches new feature in Yono, Yono Lite app
- YONO is an integrated digital banking platform offered by State Bank of India to enable users to access a variety of financial and other services such as flight, train, bus and taxi bookings, online shopping, or medical bill payments. YONO is offered as a smartphone app for both Android and iOS.
- Initial release date: 24 November 2017
- Chairperson: Dinesh Kumar Khara
- Headquarters: Mumbai
- Founded: 1 July 1955
4. INS Khanjar Maiden Visit to Gopalpur Port
- INS Khanjar is a Khukri-class corvette, currently in service with the Indian Navy.
- Length: 91 m
- Construction started: 15 November 1985
- Launched: 16 August 1988
- Builder: Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers, Kolkata
5. Finance firms plan to close coal plants in Asia
- The ADB hopes to launch a pilot programme in a developing South East Asian nation – potentially Indonesia, the Philippines or Vietnam – in time for the COP26 event in November.
- The International Energy Agency has forecast that global demand for coal will grow by 4.5 per cent this year, with Asia making up 80 per cent of that rise.
- Headquarters: Mandaluyong, Philippines
- Founded: 19 December 1966
- Motto: ADB is committed to achieving a prosperous, inclusive, resilient and sustainable Asia & the Pacific, while sustaining its efforts to eradicate extreme poverty.
- Leader: Masatsugu Asakawa
6. Kiren Rijiju to attend 8th meeting of Ministers of Justice of SCO member states
- The Ministers of Law and Justice and senior officials, experts from the Ministries of Law and Justice of India, Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan will be participating in the Meeting.
- Secretary General: Vladimir Norov
- Headquarters: Beijing, China
- Official language: Chinese and Russian
- Founded: 15 June 2001
7. Sports Minister Anurag Thakur launches Paralympic theme song
- The 2020 Summer Paralympics are an upcoming major international multi-sport event for athletes with disabilities governed by the International Paralympic Committee. Scheduled as the 16th Summer Paralympic Games, they are scheduled to be held in Tokyo, Japan between 24 August and 5 September 2021.
8. Axelsen dethrones Chen for gold
- With Chen’s silver, China has swept six badminton medals at Tokyo, more than any other country: a gold and silver in mixed doubles, a gold in women’s singles, a silver in men’s doubles, a silver in women’s doubles and, now, a silver in men’s singles.
- While the haul isn’t as big as it was in London when China won all five golds up for grabs, they have done better than the two golds and one bronze medal they scored at Rio, their lowest at an Olympics.
9. Bengal bags SKOCH awards for 4 ‘ease of doing business’ projects
- Instituted in 2003, SKOCH Award salutes people, projects and institutions that go the extra mile to make India a better nation. SKOCH Award winners include the mighty and the ordinary alike. They receive this Award for their extraordinary achievements in contributing to the society.The Roll of Honour of the SKOCH Award over the years is a testimony to this. Our awardees value SKOCH Award as the highest civilian honour in the country conferred by an independent organisation.
- SKOCH Award not only acknowledges exceptional achievers—organisations and individuals—but also spurs inspirational guidance and motivational leadership.
10. Kunal Basu’s new book ‘In An Ideal World’ out in 2022
- Notably, Basu’s title story of his only short collection, The Japanese Wife (2008), was made into an award-winning film by filmmaker Aparna Sen.
- According to the publishers, the story of his upcoming book revolves around the disappearance of a member of the Liberal party of a college in Manhar. The prime suspect of this abduction is the leader of the Nationalist group of the same college.
- Thus begins the mission of the parents of the suspect, who find themselves caught between rumours, religions and riots, while they attempt to uncover this mysterious disappearance and absolve the son they raised and believe in.